League of Legends-Throttling ISP Booted From New York State
Remember that lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general against Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, which alleged that the cable company was throttling internet speeds and requiring Riot Games to pony up some cash so League of Legends players would have enough bandwidth?
The NY AG who started it all, Eric Schneiderman, is no longer on the case, due to some legal issues of his own, but the case he initiated came to a head earlier this week when the New York State Public Service Commission rescinded its merger approval between Time Warner and Spectrum. The official reasoning for the reversal sounds about as damning as this sort of thing gets:
Charter, doing business as Spectrum, has — through word and deed — made clear that it has no intention of providing the public benefits upon which the Commission's earlier approval was conditioned.
You can read the full statement here, which rips into the cable giant like a mediocre MOBA player rips into his teammates after losing, albeit with fewer racial slurs. Charter has 60 days to file a plan "to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider(s)" while continuing to provide its (lousy) service in the meantime.
But hey, who needs net neutrality, am I right?
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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